My younger daughter turns 10 today. It's hard to believe I no longer have any children in single digits. My days of tea parties and fairy tales are behind me. We're fast approaching the teen years with both girls. While I'm going to miss the innocence and wonder of that first decade, I'm looking forward to seeing what kind of young woman my daughter becomes in the next one.
Last year, I started writing each of my girls a birthday prayer. Here's this year's for my younger daughter. Consider writing your own prayer for each of your kids on their birthdays. There's no better gift we can give our kids than the knowledge that their parents are praying for them.
A Birthday Prayer
As you turn 10, these are the things I pray for you for the coming year.
I pray you'll know more joy than sorrow.
I pray your laughter will ring through the heavens and draw others to you.
I pray you'll seek after God with your whole heart and let Him guide your choices.
I pray you'll find joy even on the days when there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel.
I pray you'll be healthy, and your body will continue to grow strong.
I pray nothing will ever crush your feisty spirit.
I pray you'll use your talents to lead others well.
I pray that when obstacles appear in your path, you'll have enough determination to not let them stop you.
I pray that the year will hold plenty of surprises that will both bring you joy and teach you new things.
I pray that you never stop learning.
I pray that you never stop smiling.
I pray that your friendships will grow deeper and that you'll find those friends who will stick by your side no matter what.
I pray that you'll be open to accepting direction and wisdom from those who have walked the road before you.
I pray that when you have tough days, you'll always know that God loves you and so do we.
If you want a printable version of this prayer, you can click on the photo at the top.